Women's Basketball

UMass Women's Basketball Falls At Northeastern, 78-51

Freshman guard Jasmine Harris produced 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench for UMass at Northeastern.

Freshman guard Jasmine Harris produced 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench for UMass at Northeastern.

Dec. 22, 2012

BOSTON - Freshman guard Jasmine Harris had a career-high 14 points, including 11 in the second half; however, UMass women's basketball fell on Northeastern's Solomon Court, 78-51 on Saturday afternoon. Harris also notched personal bests with four made three-pointers and 22 minutes played while sophomore guard Emily Mital added 11 points and freshman guard Rashida Timbilla grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Northeastern keyed in from behind the arc early to take a 12-4 advantage with 15:53 remaining in the first half, hitting its first trio of three-point attempts to buoy the charge. The Minutewomen answered with buckets from outside to drop the deficit to 12-10 at the 13:22 mark. Redshirt-sophomore forward Millie Niggeling checked in with 14:45 to play and drained a trey on the ensuing trip down the floor. Harris followed two possessions later with the first of four three-pointers the freshman produced on the day to mark the 6-0 run.

However, the Huskies continued to knock down their attempts from outside to widen the gap to 43-23 at halftime. Northeastern finished the frame 8-for-13 on three-pointers (61.5 pct.) and totaled a 51.7 field goal percentage overall (15-of-29).

UMass shot well to start the second half, hitting five of its first nine attempts (55.6 percent), but was unable to drop the deficit below 17. Niggeling knocked down a jumper near the free throw line to cut the Northeastern advantage to 54-37 with 13:19 remaining in the contest; however, the Huskies were able to knock down their attempts down the stretch to maintain the lead and earn the 78-51 decision.

The Minutewomen finished 18-for-51 from the field (35.3 percent), including hitting 36.4 percent of their three-point attempts (8-for-22). Northeastern went 29-for-59 overall (49.2 percent) and 8-for-19 from behind the arc (42.1 percent). The teams earned nearly identical free throw percentages, as UMass hit 7 of 11 attempts (63.6) while the Huskies knocked down 12-of-19 (63.2).



Points in the paint (36-18) and off of turnovers (32-7) favored Northeastern. UMass tallied a slim lead in second chance scoring, 10-9 while each team's bench notched 25 points.

Jewel Tunstull finished with a game-high 15 points to lead the Huskies while A'lece Mark contributed 14 and Kashaia Cannon and Tiffany Montagne each chipped in 12.

After a short break for the holidays, UMass returns to action at home in the Mullins Center against Siena College (3-6) on Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through 866-UMASS-TIX or online through the UMass Ticket Central.

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